Sunday, March 31, 2024


Lori had us over for brunch today. Mom and Al's mom were there. I ate too much (as if it were a huge feast) and had only a bit of supper later. We stayed only until mid-afternoon as William has taken on an extra deadline - to create another cover for the student newspaper. This should be on stands during his opening next week, so it serves the greater end. 


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Dying eggs

William took a work break to play on line for a while this evening. Margaret dyed eggs and William eventually finished his game and created a couple eggs too. He had shown egg dying to a daycare a couple days ago as part of one of his classes, so his excitement about the art was enhanced. 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Good Pie Friday

 Margaret made a couple of pies, one for us and one for her parents. It snowed like mad last night and Steve went and blew off all the sidewalks on the block, so we brought them the other pie this evening after a nice supper (we stayed for pie wish Steve and Gerri Ann). Nice evening and lovely to be hosted and be able to have a couple glasses of wine and not worry about driving. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Cards dealt

 William created all his numerical cards this evening. The face cards will come later. Seven more days after today until installation. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Co-shooting Super-8

 William and I shot co-operative super-8 films this evening. I knew it would take a long time, but we were slowed down even further by some unnecessary clay creation. Shot until midnight and realized we were only half way done, so needed to change directions to get finished by 1:30 am. Films are both called "POV". 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Sean's super 8


Helped Sean and Sandee shoot their super-8 film for the One Take this evening. I am pictured above. 

Monday, March 25, 2024

So busy?

Feeling overwhelmed these days. No time for anything. Then how do I find time to play a stupid game on my computer? 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

William's wallpaper


William and I spent most of the day at the university (following a rather distressful Filmpool AGM). He started with an interview with Jon Tewksbury for the Sunday Funnies show while I conversed with a group of my students shooting in the hallways. Afterwards William printed the remaining strips of wallpaper for his exhibition (needs to install it on April 5, so the clock is ticking). It is a job that needs a minimum of two people. I would hold the paper straight has he rolled images onto it. The two of us would then move the 10-12 foot strip of paper to a spot on a wall to dry. The lack of smooth handle on his printing roller has nearly disabled his hand, which will be trouble for him to finish all the other tasks. "Fortunately" the next three days will be filled with essay writing instead of art creating. 

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Carfac meeting

Mid-term review of the Carfac mentorships today in Regina. They booked this open office space at the Regina Inn complex. It was pretty cool. More darkness would have improved the projections, but overall it led to a relaxed and engaging afternoon. 

Friday, March 22, 2024

The Chips are Down

 William has started stamping his playing cards and his poker chips. Not as clean as he'd like them to be, but I suggested that he write about the bad minting process in his bird people comics to make the lack of quality control canon for the story. Comic yet to come. 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Heather Cline at Slate

Heather's solo show was very successful. Lots of red dots. She has one work demonstrating a slightly new direction - deviating from the airplane pov and situating the image from the edge of a valley so that the foreground had close images of rocks and plants. We talked about lichens and how prairie people admire them. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Coffee and donuts

 Had coffee with Kevin. The place was crowded when we arrived but it was cleared out an hour later, but for these two. I worried that they might be dead, but then could see their breathing. They were not dead. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Cinderella puppets

 Very rushed production of Cinderella today. We covered a number of topics before getting into some ideas about writing a character based on a performer and then adapting the story around the character. I think that I made this make sense, but possibly my students have learned to just go along with whatever bs I am spinning that day. In the end, we wrote a script and then had only 20 minutes to shoot it, and had lost the studio and greenscreen. 

Monday, March 18, 2024

LED Volume Wall opens


Attended the opening of the LED Valume wall at the Soundstage today. Scott Moe and Anand Ramayya cut the ribbon. I was the only one from the university and was adrift in a sea of stranger, very unusual for a film event in Regina for me. Talked with Peter LaRocque, Joanne MacDonald, Erin Dean, Stephen Hall, Mark Montague, Danny Scavuzzo, and a couple others. The thing is fairly cool but as I was secretly told, only logos were being shown because it won't actually work until the computer arrives that stitches the video together. Shoot is to begin at the end of April. 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

St. Patrick's grasshopper

I don't think I have ever cared enough about St. Patrick's day to go out and drink to celebrate it. This year the topic came up repeatedly on the radio due to it being on a Sunday and that being hungover on Monday would be a dead giveaway of your behaviour. I did like to see the shamrock on the grasshopper. Writing the word "shamrock" just now made me think about the shamrock shake that they used to sell at McDonalds. It was green and minty and probably the best thing they ever invented. 

Friday, March 15, 2024

Roger Ing show

 A studio at the university has been transformed into a pop up gallery called "The Corner Gallery" this semester to house assignments for Sherry's curation course. This week the student curator, Sophie Daschuk, presented a room full of borrowed Rogerisms. She'd contacted me at the beginning of the term but apparently got enough art and didn't need anything from me. Curiously, I think this is taking place in the very same room that I brought Roger to back in 1999 or 2000 when I had students in Film 200 videotape him as he worked. 

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Pie Day

Margaret baked up four pies yesterday. My blood sugar has been settling down but isn't quite behaving itself yet. I consumed lots of pie anyway. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024


I don't have much to say about the day. I was driving around. It was foggy. The fog stayed around most of the day. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Cut the cards

 Helping William a bit today towards his exhibition. One small detail of his installation is a game table and he'd wanted to have a card game going. Wanting to minimize the number of unaltered readymade items, he will be creating his own deck of cards (having abandoned creating an entire new card game, which was in the works last term). I got him some paper and took it to Robert who trimmed the stack to all the same size (about 3x4"). I said I was going to clamp them together and sand the corners round but then Robert offered his new toy, a corner cutter. Very neat tool and perfect corner in a couple minutes. Fantastic help Rob. 

Monday, March 11, 2024

Texture show at Fifth Parallel

Saw some interesting pieces a the student gallery today. Was taken with Rozhin's work. Bold. I'm not certain if the theme of "texture" really speaks to me. I can tell that the work all have texture, that that is rather a simplistic theme. 

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Drawn carpet

 I picked up a canvas drop cloth for William and he's got it painted and is drawing a carpet on it as part of his exhibition. Garage is nice and warm after working in there a while. 

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Workshop for LOOK

Trevor contacted me yesterday to say that the LOOK workshop participants were interested in using some animation and asked if I could come in and talk. I spend an hour or two with them this morning, which is never really enough. There was a question about Gumby so is created a short demo using one and posted it for them to illustrate the things I was talking about. I'll see them again in a few weeks. 

Friday, March 8, 2024

Cumberland gallery at the legislature

 Margaret attended a gallery event exhibiting Deb Potter's work at the Cumberland in the legislature building for Women's Day. We saw this work in Saskatoon a year or two back, but it looks amazing in this space. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

More snow

 It's been a strange winter. So warm most of the time, but then spring doesn't quite come. We have warm weather but then winter days as harsh as the worst of January. I really want to be able to wash my car again. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


 Both Margaret and I were busy all day so 10% off groceries had to wait until this evening. I was rather tired and cold and not hungry, which led me to being rather non-committal about food in general. I was curious about how to pronounce "Magic O'Mallows". I guess it isn't hard, unless there is a pun hidden in there somewhere that I cannot find. 

We ended up buying a small bad of oranges that cost 18 dollars and delivered them to Gertrud, so I don't even know if they were any good. 

Monday, March 4, 2024

Frost shadow

William noticed that the Sun, shining on the frosty window, left a frozen shadow the birdhouse hanging just beyond. 

Sunday, March 3, 2024


Getting ready for Pie Day next week. Margaret made a couple delicious apple-rhubarbs. The one in the foreground has the bird king on the top. 

Saturday, March 2, 2024


 I assisted William today as he made his test/proof of concept sheets of wallpaper for his exhibition. He made 2 (probably only one usable) but seems it won't be difficult to make the 10 sheets he will need. 

Friday, March 1, 2024

Spy X Family

 Margaret brought home Blurays of an anime show called "SpyXFamily" and it is really good. The animation is  decent (much more motion that the average anime) and the writing is smart and funny. Cannot get enough.